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The Nature of Perception
     

The Nature of Perception

by John L. Foster
 

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John Foster addresses the question: what is it to perceive a physical object? He rejects the view that we perceive such objects directly, and argues for a new version of the traditional empiricist account, which locates the immediate objects of perception in the mind. But this account seems to imply that we do not perceive physical objects at all. Foster offers

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John Foster addresses the question: what is it to perceive a physical object? He rejects the view that we perceive such objects directly, and argues for a new version of the traditional empiricist account, which locates the immediate objects of perception in the mind. But this account seems to imply that we do not perceive physical objects at all. Foster offers a surprising solution, which involves embracing an idealist view of the physical world.

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"The arguments...are highly organized and clearly expressed..."—The Review of Metaphysics

"A lucid, powerful, beautifully structured book"—Mind

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ISBN-13:
9780198237693
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/25/2000
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

John Foster was tutorial Fellow of Brasenose College 1966-2005 and an Emeritus Fellow from 2005-2009. His research interests have been in the fields of metaphysics, epistemology, mind, and language. He was the author of The Case for Idealism (1982), Ayer (1985), and The Immaterial Self (1991).

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